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Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

by Scotty Bowers & Lionel Friedberg

Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town’s stars and starlets....


Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I Was Meant to Be

by Shilo Harris & Robin Overby Cox

The incredible memoir of a soldier who survived an IED explosion, spent 48 days in a coma, underwent 50 skin graft surgeries, and battled PTSD to emerge with a renewed confidence in the goodness of God and a...


The Caiad

by Carroll J. Savage

"The Caiad" is structured around a decade-long around-the-world voyage in a sailboat undertaken in his fifties by a novice sailor who brings his family with him and learns along the way about boats, sailing...


The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

by Bela Zombory-Moldovan & Peter Zombory-Moldovan

Publishing during the 100th Anniversary of the First World War

 

An NYRB Classics Original

 

The budding young Hungarian artist Béla Zombory-Moldován was on holiday when the First World War broke out in...


Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong

by Susan Blumberg-Kason

A stunning memoir of an intercultural marriage gone wrong

When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started graduate school in Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Cai, the Chinese man of her dreams....


The Path Through the Trees

by Christopher Milne

The need to outgrow one's childhood influences and establish an individual identity is common to us all, but for Christopher Milne it was an especially difficult experience in view of the unique problems he...


I Never Had a Proper Job: A Life in the Theatre

by Barry Cassin

I Never Had A Proper Job is a charming memoir which covers many subjects: the Catholic Church’s power over society; corporal punishment in schools; poverty; war-time rationing; and the general innocence of...


Moonlighting: Tales and misadventures of a working life with eels

by Michael Brown

In spring 1973, Michael Brown, a young freelance travel writer, took a phone call from a friend: ‘Why don't you come down to Somerset and see these things called elvers - they migrate up river at night on the...


Fishing with Harry: A tale of piscatorial mayhem

by Tony Baws & Suzie Baws

Harry, an incorrigible, engaging and dapper biscuit salesman in his forties, ex-Army and the City, becomes the unlikely angling companion of young Tony, the love-struck, shy 19-year-old accountant who is courting...


A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

by Wendy Law-Yone & David I. Steinberg

Wendy Law-Yone was fifteen at the time of Burma's military coup in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, daredevil proprietor of Rangoon Nation, Burma’s leading postwar English-language daily, she experienced...


Making Soapies in Kabul: Hot days, crazy nights and dangerous liaisons in a war zone

by Trudi-Ann Tierney

The hugely funny and nail-bitingly dramatic account of how a talented Australian TV executive found herself working on Afghanistan's best-loved soap.


The Birth of Korean Cool

by Euny Hong

A FRESH, FUNNY, UP-CLOSE LOOK AT HOW SOUTH KOREA REMADE ITSELF AS THE WORLD’S POP CULTURE POWERHOUSE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

By now, everyone in the world knows the song “Gangnam Style” and Psy, an...


A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

by Kristen Marie Math

Kristen Math had it all. She was married to her best friend, Thomas. They had four young children and a baby on the way. After struggling through a difficult childhood, she built her life around her family....


Good Films, Cheap Wine, Few Friends: A Memoir

by Juan Luis Buñuel & Linda C Ehrlich

The memoirs of Juan Luis Buñuel (b. 1934 in Paris) offer a first-hand look at the life of a vibrant man who has been surrounded by important figures of the twentieth century, including his father Luis Buñuel,...


Dope in the Age of Innocence

by Damien Enright

Ibiza, 1960: on the beautiful Mediterranean island, the high-rise resorts are still decades away. By chance, Damien Enright, twenty-one-years old and Irish, arrives there with his wife and two children and finds...


Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows

by Frances Simone

One woman’s struggle with her husband’s addiction and her path of recovery as a result of the tragic outcome.


The Removers: A Memoir

by Andrew Meredith

A dark, poignant, and emotionally brave coming-of-age memoir: the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

For almost twenty years I mistook my father’s downfall as my own....


Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

by Robert Timberg

Acclaimed journalist Robert Timberg's extraordinary, long-awaited memoir of his struggle to reclaim his life and find his calling after being severely burned as a young Marine lieutenant in Vietnam

In January...


A Grass Bank Beyond: Memories of Mull

by Fionna Carothers

In Four Ducks on a Pond, Nicholas the Cat, assisted by novelist Annabel Carothers, observed his family of humans and animals during one year on the Ross of Mull in the early 1950s. More than fifty years later,...


Father Knows Less

by Lee Kalcheim

Soon after Emmy award winning comedy writer and playwright Lee Kalcheim’s twin boys were born, he realized he wouldn’t get much sleep for the next few years. So, while he was awake, he’d better remember...